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Grow Sponges and Prevent Plastic Waste Using an Organic Substance to Clean

Because of the harms of plastic, it is good to use eco-friendly cleaning items. For instance, the use of sponges instead of chemical cleaning items and products is better. So, to decrease plastic waste, it is worthy to grow your own sponge. Now, you can plant a loofah, to provide your kitchen with no-waste cleaning material. Most of the sponges come from the sea. However, now you can get it from your home because of how simple it is to plant in your home garden. 

For more complex cleaning needs, the eco-friendly sponge is an ultimate solution. It is a better option than a standard plastic foam or sponge for cleaning floors or utensils. It is commonly used for small elements or shelf-ready objectives. It is available in your garden, and you can store these sponges very easily. These are extremely customizable and are crafted to fit all your needs, sizes, and shapes. The eco-friendly sponges are known for their high-quality and organic nature. 

There are several benefits of these organic sponges. Some the benefits are given below.

Growing loofah’s

Cost-effective

These eco-friendly sponges are suitable for all types of cleaning. You can use these sponges for various kinds of product cleaning, and you do not need to purchase new ones, simply pluck them from the garden.

High-quality Material 

Offering a high-class performance due to the eco-friendly material, these are ideal for multiple uses. Organic sponges are the ultimate choice to be utilized since they can be employed for various purposes. The majority of the people find that the natural sponge is high-quality and better functionality as compared to the plastic sponges. They are durable and do not cause health issues. 

A dried loofah.

Eco-friendly material

Avail the opportunity of growing eco-friendly sponges in your garden. Find the best results by using green products because these are environment-friendly. It is good to secure your family from several health issues. It is an ideal choice for parents who want to get exclusive and quality items for their kids, and they need eco-friendly products because these sponges do not contain chemicals. Furthermore, it helps in reducing carbon footprints. The use of organic cleaning products is right for you because it does not leave an odor.

Harms of plastic and chemical cleaning products

Plastic products are poisonous and leave their harmful impact gradually, resulting in health issues. Cleaning items that have concentrated chemicals are detrimental to health. Plastic sponges can produce several digestion problems, such as asthma, lung problems, skin issues, and many more. Also, plastic waste is not able to dispose of without combustion. This procedure produces harmful gases and creates pollution in the environment. 

So, it is vital to prefer using green sponges instead of plastic foam or sponges.

The Ocean Cleanup is Working and History is Being Made Cleaning Up The Oceans and Garbage Patch

Just when we thought that we had hit rock bottom and there is hardly any opportunity to revive the mistakes that humans have already committed towards nature, a ray of hope appeared promising better and cleaner days. According to reports, there is a massive patch of plastic debris of plastic wastes that rest on the bed of the Pacific Ocean, somewhere around the Northeast of Hawaii; and it was mainly the ocean currents that encouraged this massacre to pile upon one another.

Even though it is commonly referred to as “The Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” sometimes it is also known by the name of “The North Pacific Gyre.” If the claims are to be believed, this is one of the largest ecosystems that ever dwelled on the face of the earth with its realms stretching up to millions of kilometers. To give you a clearer idea of magnanimity, the size of the Great Garbage Patch can be equated with that of Queensland, Australia.

In the present times, one of the most significant issues that have been continuously raising alarms is plastic pollution in oceans. As the children of the earth, it is our responsibility to rid of all the adulteries that have been accumulating on the earth’s surface for so long. Thankfully our desires are no more just a tab of wishful thinking; people, in reality, are working their ways towards the betterment.

Collected trash from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch for recycling.

After wreaking havoc on its own, plastic pollution has moved on to generate graver repercussions in the form of micro-plastic pollution, whose level of contamination is beyond our control. As per the data circulated by scientists from the USA, Chile, Australia, New Zealand, and France, there are about 5.25 tons of plastic particles swimming in the ocean, and interestingly, a significant portion of them is constituted by microplastics.

After discovering the patch in the 90s, scientists believed that it would take thousands of years to clean it up but, Boyan Slat defied this assumption and stated at the TEDx talk that he could do it in less than ten years once he has his special equipment ready to be employed. Besides crowdfunding, he received near about $2.2 million from investors to bring Slat’s ideas to life and remove every speck of plastic from the Pacific Ocean.

After dedicating one year to analyze the proficiency of the proposition and machinery, The Ocean Cleanup organization affirmed that their System 001/B vessel is started collecting and discarding of plastic debris successfully from the sea bed. The system capitalizes on the natural forces of the waves in the ocean to draw the plastic in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

This idea was first put forward by the creator himself in 2012, and people are more than elated to see this project take shape and are patiently waiting for its results. Other than collecting the dull shreds of plastic, System 001/B vessel is also assembling microplastics as small as 1 millimeter leaving the organization in pleasant surprise.

A New Innovation in Kenya Allows People to Have Drinking Water.

A Solar water treatment plant has been designed and formulated by GivePower, an NGO. This innovative project has already blessed the lives of residents of Kiunga, which is a tiny town in Kenya. GivePower is striving to simulate the same technology in different world regions.

Credits to GivePower, Kenya, has established the very first solar water treatment plant that transforms saline water of the oceans into safe drinking water. It looks like it could be a compelling solution to water scarcity across the globe.

Did you know, more than two million people across the globe have no access to safe drinking water? What an irony for a planet that is covered more than seventy percent with water. What looks like a paradox, maybe the pivotal obstacle for the future of humanity: How to turn saline waters of sea or oceans into safe drinking water? And the answer to this mystery is located in the tiny town of Kiunga.

This magical system creates safe drinking water for 35000 people daily.

A report published by WHO a few months ago conveys that 33% of the global population doesn’t have access to drinking water. And the situation in the Sub-Saharan areas is even worse. This reason encouraged GivePower to install the very first treatment plant, which transmutes saline water of the Indian Ocean to drinking water. It has been a year since the plant was made operational. Owing to the success of the pilot project, GivePower plans to install similar plants in other countries, namely, Haiti and Columbia.

A conventional desalination process is expensive as the plant devours high amounts of power supply. Hence a typical desalination plant can be installed in only those areas that have sufficient facilities to produce and distribute top energy supplies.

Kenya getting first water power plant.

GivePower solved this complexity by using solar technology, efficient enough to produce 50 kW of power. As per NGO, the quality of water of this pilot plant is better than that of a conventional desalination plant. Also, it doesn’t even have an unfavorable environmental impact that the process commonly causes since the extraction of salt elicits saline residues and contaminants that are toxic to animals and plants.

Before the installation of this eco-friendly desalination plant, the residents of Kiunga had to travel miles to access their water source, a source that gave dirty water. The only source Kiunga residents used came from a well located on the same channel, which had been used for animal bathing, which means full of pollutants and parasites. Before the implementation of this technology, the residents were obligated to use dirty and salty water for their day to day needs.

It has been estimated, half of the world’s population will live in regions facing water shortage by 2025. Wastewater treatment is becoming the primary technique. Did you know, of all the water that covers mother earth on 2.5 per cent is freshwater? So, the NGO’s eco-friendly desalination method can be an effective way to fight the problem of water scarcity across the globe.

GivePower is a real example of good things happening in the world.

An Amazing Woman Who Has Spent Years Stopping Child Marriage In Her African Country

In the southern part of Malawi, Africa, Chief Theresa Kachindamoto has become a marriage terminator. She is the Chief of Dedza district, with a population of approx. 900,000 Malawian people. Since 2003, she has successfully stopped more than 850 child marriages. Chief Kachindamoto has made great efforts protecting, empowering, and ultimately helping the girls to create a healthy community. 

Theresa Kachindamoto was the youngest child in a family with 12 siblings. For 27 years, she worked as a secretary at a College in Zomba District in southern Malawi. She married and became the mother of five boys. She claimed she had been chosen because she was “good with people” and was now senior Chief, whether she liked it or not. She accepted the position of chief and returned to Monkey Bay, where she assumed the traditional red robes, beads, and leopard skin headband.

Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world. As per the United Nations Development Program, otherwise known as, UNDP survey, more than 50.7% of the overall population lives below the poverty line. Although being a chief of the area, Theresa had several responsibilities to handle along with the challenges related to food and sustainability. Still, her first most noted, an essential step was to stop child marriage. 

Child Marriage in Malawi:

Child marriage is one of the most disturbing trends in the world. More than half of the girls in Malawi had been married before they reach the age of 18. The country is known for having one of the highest rates of child marriages in the world, with particularly high rates in rural areas. Child marriage is damaging to the child and the economic and social progress of the community.

As per the reports available from the United States by the year 2012, more than 50% of the Malawi girls were forced to marry before completing 18 years of their age. It prompted Chief Kachindamoto to take immediate action. 

Chief Kachindamoto sending the children back to school

In 2015, Malawi passed a law that forbade marriage before the age of 18. By 2019, Chief Kachindamoto had fired the sub-chiefs involved in the child marriage and had annulled over 3500 child marriages and sent the children back to school. These efforts have also contributed to gender equality in the area.

Chief Kachindamoto told Nyasa Times, “I don’t want youthful marriages, they must go to school. We have now set our own laws to govern everybody within my area when it comes to marriages and will leave no sacred cow. No child should be found loitering at home, gardening, or doing any household chores during school time. No village head, GVH, or church clergy to officiate marriage before scrutinizing the birth dates of the couple.”

The Chief is aiming to transform a nation and its culture around young girls. She knows it will take time. So she goes door to door, talking to parents. She’s built coalitions and passed by-laws that prohibit early marriage and sexual initiation customs. When faced with severe resistance, she shrugs off death threats, harassment and is unfazed. Chief Kachindamoto says the law is the law, and she won’t back down. She has also stated with a laugh, she is in power and will not be stepping down.

Scotland Is Aiming To Be 100% Renewable In 2020

Amidst the raging environmental concerns storming in from every part of the society, Scotland has decided to stand out as an exception and do its bit by reducing the burden witnessed by the exhaustible resources of the planet. If things sway according to plans, the hosts will be able to provide data exhibiting 100% renewable electricity in 2020, which will be, in turn, related at the crucial UN climate conference to be held in November. The Southern city of Glasgow, in Scotland, was concluded as the presenter of the 26th conference during the preceding itinerary itself. Thus, by achieving the objective of generating 100% of its electricity from renewable sources, it will set the bar for being an exemplary host.

After shutting down the last descendant of the coal-fired power plants in 2016, the only fossil-fuel recourse that remains with Scotland, for the time being, is a gas-fired power station located in Peterhead in Aberdeenshire. Due to the demands of electricity, Scotland has been capitalizing on the properties of renewable sources with wind power. Additionally, as far as their progress in technology is concerned, the nation is looking forward to installing the world’s first-ever floating offshore wind farm that is estimated to be a 30MW Hywind project to complement the inception of the 1MW onshore battery storage system.

Wind farms in Scotland

The advancements made by Scotland reflect their glory on the latter’s achievements to date. In November last year, a new record was set as the country was able to stand true to the production outstripping demand on 20 out of 30 days and provide 109% of the total electricity demand during the whole month. The Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm is inexorably Scotland’s largest pool of renewable source that is capable of generating enough power to suffice the requirements of 450,000 homes. On the other hand, the Seagreen Windfarm that is still being constructed off Angus will be massive yet again, and once the project comes to a halt, it will be able to power about one million homes. 

Nevertheless, the configurations of the resources state that they are not 100% renewable yet; however, the numbers are nearing the target. Based on the data delivered in 2018, the official figure was 76.2%, and if things keep moving at the same pace, then the goal will be attained within this very year. Besides its 100% renewables target, the Scottish government has also made it a point to legally bind itself with the intent of cutting down on greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2045, which is formally five years before that of the UK and Australia.

At the climate conference, Scotland is expected to tighten all the aspects of COP25 that were so far lagging and implement a new set of rules for the carbon market between countries and rub off the criticism of “surplus credits” by Australia. Along with this, the meeting will also get the ball of 2015’s Paris Agreement rolling to garner it with the desired momentum of international climate action’s chief modulator.

A Young Girl In Mexico Has Invented A Water Heater

The amount of talent that adorns this world never fails to surprise us. An eight-year-old girl, whose name is Xóchitl Guadalupe Cruz López, showed us there’s nothing that can be said is “impossible.” In 2018, she was recognized as the first child to win the prestigious science prize from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. The seeds of keenness and curiosity about everything that revolves around science and technology were sown in this genius since she was only four years old. However, it was after the discovery of the water heater that her contribution in this field was duly acknowledged. 

The award with which she had been commemorated, appreciates the unparalleled contribution of women in science, and in this particular case, for the solar water heater that she invented. The best part about the heater lies in the fact that it was entirely fashioned from castoff objects, including logs, hoses, and glass panels from an abandoned construction site. She chose her family’s rooftop as the construction site with some assistance from her father to ensure that whatever she creates is of top-notch quality. As per her statements, the project was fundamentally focused on reducing the raging impacts of climate change by decreasing the necessity of the reduced mass to rely on trees for firewood. 

Solar Water Heater

She said that low-income people who are not blessed with enough privilege to buy heaters during the winter resort to cutting down trees to derive firewood. Therefore, leading to the clearing of vast stretches of land, thereby catalyzing the mechanism of climate change and on some level, encouraging its repercussions. Therefore, to shut the doors on these negative prospects, Cruz Lopez initiated the project of crafting solar water heater from recycled objects to make sure that her vision doesn’t disintegrate the balance of the environment in any way. 

Cruz Lopez, one of the youngest entrepreneurs from the Southern Mexican state of Chiapas, is trying to teach the truth that women and girls can carve their paths of success in a world that is primarily dominated by their male counterparts. The mission to rescue earth and entitle women to their rights and freedom are the burning issues of the present times. Owing to the changes that an eight-year-old girl is trying to bring about in the society, we can safely assert that it wouldn’t take long before we get to witness a world that is characterized only by the purest virtues that have ever existed.  

The number of girls coming forward to explore the nuances of science is invariably rising by the day, and Cruz Lopez is actively exemplifying the reasons that explain why this participation of women will benefit the whole of humanity. According to the statistics submitted by Mexico’s national agency for science and technology, it showed that 36% of the people enrolled in the country’s scientific register are women. Therefore, there has been a 65% increase in the configuration since 2012.

Bees Love Cannabis and This Could be The Answer For Rebuilding The Bees Population

Bees love cannabis just like us, and the fact that a recent study has discovered that taller hemp plants attract a more significant number of bees reinforces the verity. In December 2019, researchers from Cornell University affirmed that humans are not the only ones who find hemp useful; bees, too, have now been added to the plant’s list of fans. However, this is not the first study that has confirmed this fascination of bee towards cannabis because a study published in 2018, by the students at Colorado State University delved into the same findings.

In the investigation, it was revealed that bees are attracted to cannabis primarily because of the plant’s abundant reserve of pollen. If science indeed explains the bees’ attraction towards hemp plants, then we can hopefully look forward to the scientists delineating ways to refurbish the insect’s deteriorating population and floral population.

As per the study, if the area covered by the hemp plant is higher, the chances of the bees being drawn towards the swarm will also automatically multiply. Furthermore, as we have already mentioned in the preceding section, the taller hemp plants magnetize 17 times more bees as compared to their shorter versions.

Bees are benefiting from hemp pollen.

Over time, more and more bees start frequenting the cannabis plants, a mechanism that can be equated with the “word-of-mouth” technique amongst us humans. The researchers also noticed that because hemp is constituted as a major cash crop that can be capitalized on in several ways, it is capable of sustaining at least 16 distinct species of bees in the northeastern part of the United States.

Now, you might find these facts about bees and their enthrallment towards the hemp plants oddly unsettling because neither does cannabis produce sweet nectar nor does the hemp flower exhibit a wide array of beautiful colors. Essentially, it is the male flowers of the hemp that work wonders; they are the ones that produce pollen to attract 16 subspecies of bees but the real reasons still being under a lot of conjecture. In contrast to this, the female flowers that produce the “weed” that humans smoke are principally ignored by the bees because they are not even actual flowers.

The findings are significant not because they have brought something new and exciting to the table, because if utilized sensibly, they can have a substantial impact on the suffering population of the bees that the United States has been working to retrieve for so long. The researchers affirmed that this amalgamation of bees and hemp doesn’t mean that we should be doubtful about the cannabinoid-rich pollen finding a way into our diets through honey with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

Since ancient times, humans have been occupied with the recreational and medicinal use of marijuana. However, with the exposure of this new evidence, we can expect the cannabis plant to enhance the prospects of agriculture and nature in ways that we were not aware of before.

Plastic Eating Bugs

Scientists have discovered that waxworms can eat and break down one of the most common plastics (polyethylene) into organic compounds.

Waxworms are the caterpillar larvae of wax moths. They are medium-white caterpillars with black-tipped feet and small, black or brown heads.

In the wild, they live as nest parasites in bee colonies and eat cocoons, pollen, and shed skins of bees. They also eat and chew through beeswax, thus receiving the name waxworms. 

Beekeepers consider waxworms to be pests. The wax moths will not attack the bees directly, but feed on the wax used by the bees to build their honeycombs. 

Two species of the waxworm, Galleria mellonella and Plodia interpunctella, have both been observed in a laboratory setting eating and digesting polyethylene plastic. 

Waxworm

The waxworms can digest polyethylene plastic films into ethylene glycol, a compound which biodegrades rapidly. This unusual ability to process matter typically thought of as non-edible may originate with the waxworm’s ability to process beeswax. Secluded from the guts of Plodia interpunctella wax worms, there are two strains of bacteria, Enterobacter asburiae, and Bacillus sp

Scientists have discovered these two different strains of bacteria are capable of decomposing polyethylene.

Over 12 hours, laboratory tests have confirmed with a polyethylene shopping bag, containing approximately 100 Galleria mellonella that waxworms, were able to consume almost 0.1 gram of the plastic bag.

Plastic eating bugs is an excellent solution to the world’s overwhelming plastic problem. However, Melittologists, bee experts disagree, regarding the dangers of an extinct bee population from the world. The bee is an invaluable species to the ecosystem, and it is essential to fight the ever-growing plastic problem.

We cannot allow the wild waxworm to roam about too freely and digest our plastic pollution and potentially kill our beehives. 

Somewhere between the two lines, there is a blurred solution, which is yet to be discovered.

Morgan Freeman Converted His Ranch into a Bee Sanctuary

Morgan Freeman is a well-known film director, philanthropist, and an award-winning actor. Off-screen, he has taken on another role as a beekeeper.

The Hollywood legend converted his entire 124-acre Mississippi ranch into a bee sanctuary. He intends to help save the declining bee population. In 2014, Freeman began his journey of beekeeping, which he discussed on the Jimmy Fallon show.

During the interview, he stated his motivation and the importance of saving the wild bees.

“There is a concerted effort for bringing bees back onto the planet. We do not realize that they are the foundation, I think, of the growth of the planet, the vegetation,” Freeman explained.

Bees being fed on the Mississippi Ranch.

Freeman feeds the bees sugar water each day, and he doesn’t wear a bee suit while he feeds the bees. He insists, not a single bee has stung him. He said that he also has no plans of harvesting their honey or in doing anything to disturb the beehives for profit. His main objective is to protect the bee population.

Freeman has also planted large amounts of magnolia trees, lavender, clover, and other bee-allied plants. He is doing everything he can to ensure a vibrant environment surrounds the bees. He would like the bees to feel at home on his ranch.

Throughout the last six years, The Environmental Protection Agency has notified the public of a Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) as the primary cause of the decline of bee populations nationally. Other environmental reasons such as drought, decreased nutrition, parasites, global warming, and air pollution are also taking a toll on bee populations.

Human related activities are also taking a toll on the bees; such as pesticides, insect-resistant genetically-modified crops, and habitat loss are primary factors responsible for CCD. The U.S. government has also recently and surprisingly lifted the bans on the use of bee-killing pesticides, which is a controversial move.

Various potential ecological and agricultural issues can arise if the bee population continues to decrease. Bees are essential pollinators for plants around the world. Researchers from Greenpeace have indicated the domestic and wild honeybees are needed for 80% of global plant pollination.

According to the scholars at Greenpeace, humans can protect the wild bees by:

· The abolition of dangerous pesticides
· The preservation of wild bee habitat
· The restoration of ecological agriculture

Morgan Freeman is a hero to the planet, and his kindness has no end. Operation Earth salutes him on his journey to protecting the bees.

Jane Goodall Vouches to Plant 5 million Trees in 2020

Will life on Earth exist if there are no forest covers? The answer is undoubtedly a big NO. Green covers are fundamental to life on Earth as they embrace an overwhelming diversity of life. The forest covers oxygenate the air we breathe, purifies the water we drink, keeps soil erosion in check, and works as a shield against climate change. 

Unfortunately, green covers are being destroyed at a startling rate. The main reasons behind this destruction are:

– Consumer demands for beef, mined minerals, palm oil, paper, and many more products. 

– Dominant, economic and political interests

This system is erasing innumerable species, spiking imbalance, endangering the survival of aboriginal communities, and the whole existence of life on mother earth.

The only viable solution for the problem of climate change is the protection of green covers, replantation, and restoration of forests. 

Dr. Jane Goodall has decided to give our Mother Earth a fighting chance with her announcement at the 2020 World Economic Forum. She announced her commitment to contribute five million trees through her organization and partnerships in the next year. She aims to achieve it through replantation or restoration. Planting trees is her contribution to one trillion trees campaign of The United Nations Environment Programme.

It is no secret in these last several years, we’ve observed the dreadful, escalating series of destruction that appears when green covers go missing and climate alteration wrecks topography through different natural disasters. 

Encouraged by good virtues, Dr. Goodall feels the campaign is an opportunity to do right by the Earth. Through the works of Jane Goodall Institute (JDI) and other partnerships, Dr. Goodall asserts efforts to reach the goal of one Trillion Trees.

What is the significance of this campaign?

Science says reforestation at the global level binds at least 25% of the annual human-made Carbon Dioxide emissions. This campaign prevents prolonged loss and degradation of green covers and supports the sustainable and appropriate restoration of forests. This campaign could contribute to 33% of the total climate change mitigation needed by the year 2030. 

Restoration of only 350 million hectares of green covers could distrain more than one gigatonnes of CO2 equivalent yearly.

Going by the estimations of the campaign, an area equivalent to the size of the United States could be recuperated with the green cover. 

Jane Goodall Institution and conservation of the chimpanzee range.

The JGI is known to the world for its plausible conservation works across the globe. One of the most commendable works of JGI is holistic conservation across the Chimpanzee range in Africa in collaboration with the local communities. The holistic protection allowed the creation of productive land-use designs and green covers and support of endurable livelihoods. The JGI uses cutting-edge technology to comprehend and compile data of an ecosystem, effectively evaluate habitat shifts, and improve over time.

Such protocols support the protection of precious environments and have provided millions of trees planted or restored over 30 years. Similarly, the Roots & Shoots program assists youth in becoming environmental activists via service-learning projects, which primarily deals in restoration and replantation of forests.